Welcome to this week’s round up of Social Media news you need to know.
Instagram saved posts organisation
When you save an Instagram post it disappears into a little folder to access later. Up until now, you had to sift through all your saved posts to find what you want, luckily you can now organise you saved posts in a private collection. All you need to do, instead of tapping the bookmark icon underneath a post, you simply hold down on the bookmark and it will give you the option of which collection you’d like to save it to. If you’d like to create a new collection you simply press the plus sign at the top right of the screen and name it. You can find your collections within your saved posts tab, don’t be worried though, these are all completely private. These collections definitely remind me of Pinterest and I wonder whether it’s only a matter of time before Pinterest gives you the option to make your collections public, much like boards on Pinterest.
Originally spotted here: http://wersm.com/you-can-now-organise-saved-instagram-posts-in-private-collections/
Twitter 2-step authentication
Twitter has made the decision to add 2-step authentication to login, off site as well as on site This means that when you sign in via a third-party app or website you will be requested to use a security code to allow you to login. This is of course if you have 2-step authentication already turned on in your settings. If you’d like to enable this you just need to head into your account settings, to the security section and tick the ‘verify login requests’ box. This addition plays to the public worry about privacy on social networks, and is a step in the right direction to make user data more secure.
Facebook cracks down on fake profiles
Facebook has decided to head on a fake profile crusade, with big changes abound for finding and deleting fake accounts. It apparently shut down a massive spam operation recently which further shows their intent to take fake accounts seriously. Facebook said that they have created a system which can detect repeat content being posted as well as a sudden increase in the number of outgoing messages. They have announced that they have managed to close more than 30,000 fake accounts just in France. They have also begun to take further steps in educating users about the spread of fake news by adding a header to the top of news feeds as well as running full page ads in France to inform and help people recognise fake news.
YouTube Dark Mode How To
It’s been revealed this week that YouTube has a secret dark mode! So instead of the bright white background you’re used to you can enjoy a more muted, grey and black background, (perfect for movie viewing!), though it’s a bit of a challenge to find it to set it up! Here’s how Next Web say to do it:
- Open the Chrome developer tools tab.
- Windows users can do this by pressing Ctrl + Shift + I.
- Mac users can do this by pressing Option + Cmd + I.
- Select the Console tab.
- Once in Console, paste the following text: document.cookie=”VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE=fPQ4jCL6EiE”
- Hit enter.
- Close the developer tools tab and refresh the page. Just a little heads-up: YouTube might look slightly different – though still in white.
- Click the main settings menu in the top right and find the ‘Dark Mode’ section.
- Toggle ‘Dark Mode’ on and you’re settled.
Pinterest removes the like button
Pinterest has made an interesting decision this week. It has decided to get rid of it’s Like button, instead placing more of a focus on its Save button. Pinterest says that their users were confused about the differences between the two buttons and so they have decided to scrap the like in favour for the save button. This button will hold all of your favourite posts, and no fear for your liked posts, they will be moved to a private board called ‘Your Pinterest Likes’.
It seems like an odd choice for Pinterest, we don’t think we’ve heard of a Social Media platform losing a button before, what with all the continual additions of buttons like Facebook’s reactions. It’s also an odd choice especially with Instagram encroaching on their territory with the saved posts (and still the ability to like posts).
The button will be removed over the next couple of weeks and Pinterest hopes it will be easier to recall and organise saved posts, rather than getting a general list of posts you have liked. They also say that it’s easier for Pinterest’s algorithm to pick up what you do and don’t like via your saved boards than your liked posts.
Spotted here: https://blog.pinterest.com/en/goodbye-button
And that’s it!